Abdallah Schleiffer

  1. Abdallah Schleifer is the Washington and national news bureau chief of Al Arabiya News Channel and Vice President of MBC US, Inc. which is a division of the holding company for Al Arabiya and the four other channels and documentary company that make up the MBC Group based in Dubai. Schleifer served as founder and director of the Adham Center for Electronic (formerly television) Journalism at the American University in Cairo for twenty years as well as founder and publisher of the print and electronic journal Transnational Broadcasting Studies jointly published by the Adham Center, and the Middle East Centre, St. Antonys College,Oxford. Schleifer remains affiliated with AUC as Professor Emeritus of Journalism andMass Communication and as a Fellow at the Adham Center. Prior to joining the AUC faculty Schleifer served as NBC News bureau chief in Cairo for nine years and as NBC News producer-reporter for the Middle East based in Beirut for four years. Prior to that he served as a special correspondent (stringer) for The New York Times first in the occupied territories (19867-68) and then in Amman, Jordan (1968-69) while also serving as Middle Eastcorrespondent for Jeune Afrique. Prof. Schleifer is honorary chairman of the Foreign Press Association in Cairo(and served as chairman from 1973 to 1975), and served on the Advisory Board of the World Media Association in Washington DC . He is a Visiting Scholar at St. Antonys College, Oxford for 2006 and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute( FPRI). Late last September Schleifer gave the 11th Annual Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs a lecture administered by the FPRI. He serves on the board of trustees of the Islamic Text Society (Cambridge, UK) and Fons Vitae Publishing (Louisville, Ky) and his articles related to contemporary problems in the Islamic world, Islamic art and spirituality have appeared in Islamica, Islamic Quarterly, Journal of Palestine Studies, Arabia, Evergreen Review, The American Muslim, The Islamic Quarterly and many other publications. He has also published Op-Ed columns in Newsday and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is frequently quoted in leading Western and Arab media.